Friday, 12 March 2021

Our Favourite Books - Postman Bear & Hide and Seek Pig by Julia Donaldson

 Bedtime stories are a huge part of our daily routine, it's the steady constant at every bedtime that helps us all calm down after any kind of day. Some days the stories are long, some days they are short and some days there is just more than one. Usually the days with more than one story are short books made mostly for younger children but that are so well loved we still enjoy them now. This month involved two of those books. 

A girl is sat on a wooden floor in front of a white wall. She has a black dress with glittery stars and planets all over it.  The girl has blonde hair and blue eyes, she is smiling at the camera with her hands held out near her shoulders. She has a book floating above each hand, one reads Hide and Seek Pig with a pig sneaking illustration on the left, the right side has a book that says Postman Bear in red and has an image of a bear holding letters on. Above each book is the same book open. It shows images from inside the book with the left showing a washing line with colourful clothing and the pig stood beside it. the right book shows the bear walking through grass with a letter in his hand and a crow behind him. Above these again is the same pages as the book is more closed over. Above this the same book is closed showing the back with the blerb just out of focus. All the books are surrounded by tiny white glitter like diamond and circle shapes to look like magic.

The most loved books in our bookcase during February have been Postman Bear & Hide and Seek Pig by Julia Donaldson and  illustrated by Axel Scheffler. They come from the same set of books called Tales from Acorn Wood and are of course little lift the flap books that children all adore. Both Postman Bear & Hide and Seek Pig are short books with just one sentence on each page. This makes them perfect for toddlers and older children as they don't need to keep their attention for long. Having a shorter book as a favourite has let Avery get more involved with our bedtime reading this last month. 


A book sits on a white surface. The cover says Postman Bear in large red lettering. Below it says "a lift-the-flap book" in the same red. An illustration of a bear holding up letters as he walks along a path with a few green plants around and an orange oval as the background. The bottom has text that reads "The Creators of THE GRUFFALO" Underneath reads Julia Donaldson to the left with Axel Scheffler to the right.

Out of the two I think the most loved is Postman Bear, the story follows bear as he prepares for his birthday and invites his friends to a special birthday party. Throughout the book you meet Bear and his three friends, find out where they live and read along as Bear prepares for a party. Each page includes it's own lift the flap from letters to open through to doors to peek behind. 

A book sits on a white surface. The cover says "Hide and Seek Pig" in large green lettering. Below it says "a lift-the-flap book" in the same green. An illustration of a pig wearing yellow dress with flowers all over under a white apron while sneaking past a green bush to the left of the pig. A white hen is peeking out from the left of the bush. The ground beneath them is grassy with a green oval as a background behind the image. The bottom has text that reads "The Creators of THE GRUFFALO" Underneath reads Julia Donaldson to the left with Axel Scheffler to the right.

Hide and Seek Pig follows along a different story, we read along with Pig as she plays a game of hide and seek with Hen. Hen is really good at hide and seek, we meet many other animals along the way, all peeking out or seen through various objects in Acorn Wood. Pig looks for Hen everywhere, it's only when Pig goes to have their picnic that she finds Hen hiding inside. Just like Postman Bear each page has a lift the flap to open. 

An up close photo of a frog wearing brown trousers, a  shirt with green and red check lines under a green vest jacket is holding a letter that reads Bear.An up close photo of a frog wearing brown trousers, a  shirt with green and red check lines under a green vest jacket is holding an open letter that reads "come to my party".

These books are lovely board books with firm pages and nice thick flaps to lift up. They have a little area to put your finger in to open the flap easily, this also means that you have to look for the flap well to find it as it sits flush with the page. It really helps to add a bit more to the book for toddlers and younger children.

An up close image of a book open on a page with the illustration of a animals in an orchard full of fallen apples. to the left stands an orange squirrel wearing brown shorts, a white half length sleeve top and a green necktie, beside a brown rabbit wearing a green pinafore with white polkadots on and a white t-shirt underneath. A big pail of red and yellow apples sit in the middle, to the right stands a pig in a yellow dres with red flowers all over and a white apron over the top. Just in front of the pig stands a crow wearing a red shirt with blue overalls. Below the image reads " Maybe Hen's behind this pail. Can you see a furry tail?"

We have long been fans of Julia Donaldson and are also huge fans of Axel Scheffler as an illustrator (and author too) so having these board books created by the wonderful duo is great. All our other books by the two are for older children and have proper paper pages which just aren't appropriate for a one year old. Axel Scheffler has brought his unique illustration into the two stories and brought each character to life in the way we know and love. His use of bright bold colours, shapes to create detail and textures really add to the books in the Tales from Acorn Wood series. 

If your searching for books that are perfect for starting to read together with you baby or books for more independent reading for toddlers then these will be perfect. They age well, children continue to love them after the toddler years and the idea of a lift the flap book remains exciting long after they leave their first years of life. My 8 year old still loves both Postman Bear & Hide and Seek Pig. He's often found reading them to his younger siblings now. 

You can purchase Postman Bear for £4.99 and Hide and Seek Pig for £6.99


What have been your favourite books at bedtime recently?

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